Asia-Pacific & Human Rights & Police State/Big Brother & Technology admin on 03 Oct 2008 02:01 am

Skype slams Chinese partner over monitoring

Skype, the internet communications service owned by Ebay, on Thursday accused its joint venture partner in China of keeping it in the dark about a censorship programme that involved the monitoring of politically sensitive terms on the service.

The accusation came as Ebay became the latest US internet company to be dragged into a public controversy over the potential use of its online service to aid Chinese monitoring of dissidents.

According to internet researchers in Canada, the Chinese arm of Skype has been routinely making and storing copies of politically sensitive text messages that users of its software tried to send. The joint venture is majority owned by Chinese Tom Online, which formed an alliance with Ebay three years ago.

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